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The Guru’s blessings

india Updated: Jul 01, 2012 23:01 IST
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Guru Purnima, to be celebrated tomorrow, is always on a full moon day. Mind is connected with the moon, and the full moon is a symbol of completion, celebration, or pinnacle.

This is the day we celebrate knowledge and love together. It is a day for reflection on our credits and debits. A day to be grateful for all that you have achieved in the past and resolving all that you want to do in the coming years.

Realising this and feeling grateful for all that has come your way; celebrating this and the tradition of masters who preserved this knowledge is Guru Purnima. More gratefulness and gratitude means more grace. More grace means more happiness, more knowledge.

We thank all those in the past, present and the future for the continuation of wisdom on this planet. Life begins with wisdom. In our consciousness, wisdom comes to life when the guru ‘tattva’ comes to life. When all the boundaries drop; you feel one with the whole universe, that’s called- ‘Guru tattva’. Do you ever wish to do something for someone without expecting anything? If yes, you have played the role of the guru.

The mother is the first guru. Then there are teachers, like the veena teacher and so on. The Sadhguru gives you knowledge of the truth, the ultimate reality. On Guru Purnima, one must reflect, “Where was I before I got this knowledge? Where am I now?” When you see the contrast of where you were without this knowledge, then gratitude wells up. How fortunate you are to perceive the infinity within you, in this finite framework of the body-mind complex.

The body and mind are finite but the expression of the spirit is infinity. For the seeker, the New Year is Guru Purnima which is a celebration of one whole year on the spiritual path, towards the Divine manifestation in our life. You will learn by putting yourself in that position (of the guru or wise person) again and again by attempting infinite patience, immense intelligence, complete compassion and unblemished joy.